Tragic New Year’s Eve concert attack in Upstate New York claims 3 lives

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Three fatalities and four injuries result from a potential domestic terrorism attack at a New Year’s Eve concert in Upstate New York.

NEW YORK, Jan 2: A New Year’s Eve concert in Upstate New York turned tragic as a possible domestic terrorism attack unfolded, resulting in three fatalities and four individuals sustaining injuries.

According to the Associated Press, the incident occurred just before 1 a.m. outside the Kodak Center in Rochester. Police were directing traffic after a concert by the popular jam band moe. when a fiery two-vehicle collision took place, causing the vehicles to strike pedestrians in the crosswalk.

The collision involved a Ford Expedition and a Mitsubishi Outlander, resulting in a massive explosion and fire that took firefighters over an hour to extinguish. Law enforcement found multiple gasoline canisters in and around the Expedition, raising concerns of a potential terrorist attack. An arson team and the FBI were subsequently alerted to investigate the incident.

The occupants of the Outlander, operating as an Uber, suffered two fatalities among passengers and non-life-threatening injuries to the driver. The Expedition driver, identified as Michael Avery of Syracuse, was critically injured and later succumbed to his injuries.

A search of a hotel room rented by Avery in Rochester revealed a suicide note and journal, suggesting premeditation. Authorities plan to search a storage unit belonging to Avery in North Syracuse. Sources indicated that Avery, believed to have bipolar depression, rented an extra-large SUV at the Syracuse airport for the attack, driving his vehicle there.

The FBI’s joint terrorism task force is leading the ongoing investigation in collaboration with Rochester police. Officials have urged anyone with information or witnesses to come forward.

In a statement, moe., the band performing at the concert, expressed profound shock and sadness, emphasizing unity and support for those affected. The group acknowledged the unfolding investigation and called for patience as authorities work to determine the factors leading to the tragedy.

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